Bhubaneswar: Eminent Ollywood director and producer Manmohan Mahapatra today passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar. He was 69.
Manmohan won eight consecutive national film awards for his films. Some of his critically acclaimed films are Nishita Swapna, Majhi Pahacha, Tired Afternoon, Neeraba Jhada, Seeta Raati and Bhinna Samaya.
He made couple of short films and then directed Neerab Jhada that won him another National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Odia.
His first film Seeta Raati made in 1976 was the first Odia film to be screened at international film festival in 1982.
Born in 1951, Manmohan studied Film Making at the FTII, Pune, and made a first short film Anti-Memoirs in 1975.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed his condolence over the sad demise of Manmohan.
ଜାତୀୟ ପୁରସ୍କାରପ୍ରାପ୍ତ ବିଶିଷ୍ଟ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ର ନିର୍ମାତା ତଥା ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକ ମନମୋହନ ମହାପାତ୍ରଙ୍କ ଦେହାନ୍ତ ବିଷୟରେ ଜାଣି ମୁଁ ଦୁଃଖିତ। ଅନେକ ଲୋକପ୍ରିୟ ଚଳଚ୍ଚିତ୍ରରେ ନିର୍ଦ୍ଦେଶକ ଭାବେ ତାଙ୍କ ଅବଦାନ ସର୍ବଦା ସ୍ମରଣୀୟ ରହିବ। ତାଙ୍କ ଅମର ଆତ୍ମାର ସଦଗତି କାମନା କରିବା ସହ ଶୋକସନ୍ତପ୍ତ ପବିବାରବର୍ଗଙ୍କ ପ୍ରତି ମୋର ସମବେଦନା ଜଣାଉଛି।
— Naveen Patnaik (@Naveen_Odisha) January 13, 2020